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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

For the source of the harvest, God’s children are called to look to God who with his powerful hand upholds all things, even “...leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink...” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, Question and Answer 27). As a response for the harvest, God’s people are called to give him thanks.

 
The fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer also expresses this dependence on God as provider (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 50, Question and Answer 125).

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Words of Praise

A prayer especially mindful of children
Loving God,
you take care of all our needs
and love us more than we can imagine.
You have given us everything,
and we always need you.
Thank you for never leaving us.
Thank you for guiding us as we worship you
and for speaking to us through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

The following is a guide for extemporaneous prayers. The pattern provides a suggested text
for the opening and closing of each part of the prayer and calls for extemporaneous prayers of
thanksgiving, petition, and intercession.
God of all good gifts,
we come before you today with praise in our hearts
and thanksgiving on our lips.
We thank you for
the creation and the wonders of this world, especially . . .
our nation . . .
the community . . .
our work . . .
opportunities to learn . . .
this church . . .
the riches of our lives . . .
and the greatest gift of all, given through your Son,
our Savior and Redeemer.
Knowing that you desire to bless us with all good things,
we offer these intercessions:
for [world events] . . .
for the nations of the world . . .
for this nation and our government . . .
for our community and those in authority over it . . .
for the church universal, its mission, and those who minister . . .
for the churches of this community . . .
for our church in its ministry to . . .
for persons whom we know with particular needs, especially . . .
We pray this in the name of the triune God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
to whom all thanks and praise are due. Amen.
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Caring God,
we thank you for your gifts in creation:
for your world, the heavens that tell of your glory;
for our land, its beauty and resources;
for the rich heritage we enjoy.
We pray for those who make decisions about the resources of the earth,
that we may use your gifts responsibly;
for those who work on land and sea, in city and in industry,
that all may enjoy the fruits of their labors
and marvel at your creation;
for artists, scientists, and visionaries,
that through their work we may see creation afresh.
[Silence]
We thank you for giving us life;
for all who enrich our experience.
We pray for all who through their own or others’ actions
are deprived of fullness of life;
for prisoners, refugees, those differently able, and all who are sick;
for those in politics, medical science,
social and relief work, and for your church;
for all who seek to bring life to others.
[Silence]
We thank you that you have called us to celebrate your creation.
Give us reverence for life in your world.
We thank you for your redeeming love;
may your Word and sacrament
strengthen us to love as you love us.
[Silence]
God, our Creator, bring us new life.
Jesus, Redeemer, renew us.
Holy Spirit, strengthen and guide us. Amen.
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two
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Tune Information

Name
STOWEY
Key
G Major
Meter
11.11.11.11

Recordings

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Author Information

Brian Wren (b. 1936) is English by birth, American by choice, Reformed by Tradition, Presbyterian by membership, United Methodist by marriage and Emeritus Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is a writer, preacher, worship leader and designer, and internationally published hymn-poet, with entries in most recent denominational hymnals in North America, Britain and Australia. Some of his hymn poems have been translated into Finnish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.
 
Brian holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He is a Minister of the United Reformed Church (UK). His publications include Education for Justice (1979), What Language Shall I Borrow? - God-Talk in Worship: A Male Response to Feminist Theology (1989- reissued 2009), Piece Together Praise - A Theological Journey: Poems and Collected Hymns Thematically Arranged (1996), Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (2000), Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship (2008), Hymns for Today (2009) and seven hymn collections totaling 250 hymns, the most recent being Love's Open Door (2009). He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Most of his hymns are published through Hope Publishing Company (USA) and Stainer & Bell (UK)
— Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Brian-A.-Wren/e/B001IQW922])
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